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San Francisco Giants: 10 best shortstops in franchise history

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 01: Brandon Crawford #35 of the San Francisco Giants to complete the double-pay looks to get his throw off over the top of Freddy Galvis #13 of the San Diego Padres in the top of the fifth inning at AT&T Park on May 1, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 01: Brandon Crawford #35 of the San Francisco Giants to complete the double-pay looks to get his throw off over the top of Freddy Galvis #13 of the San Diego Padres in the top of the fifth inning at AT&T Park on May 1, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: Brandon Crawford #35 of the San Francisco Giants turns a double play as Jimmy Rollins #11 of the Los Angeles Dodgers slides into second base on a ball hit by Corey Seager #5 in the first inning at AT&T Park on September 30, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: Brandon Crawford #35 of the San Francisco Giants turns a double play as Jimmy Rollins #11 of the Los Angeles Dodgers slides into second base on a ball hit by Corey Seager #5 in the first inning at AT&T Park on September 30, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The San Francisco Giants—and prior to that the New York Giants—have had some truly great players over the long, storied history of the franchise. Ahead we’ll take a look at the best shortstops in club history.

The shortstop position was something of a revolving door for the San Francisco Giants before Brandon Crawford arrived on the scene in 2011.

That’s not to say the franchise hasn’t had some excellent players man the position over the years.

George Davis and Travis Jackson both put together Hall of Fame careers for the organization, while a number of other players found their way onto the All-Star Game roster over the years.

So which of those Hall of Famers claimed the No. 1 spot? How high does Crawford rank?

All of that will be answered in the following article as we’ve highlighted the 10 best shortstops in San Francisco Giants franchise history, using a combination of traditional statistics and advanced metrics.

Note: Only statistics compiled after 1892 were considered. Prior to that, there was no pitcher’s mound, just a flat box where the pitcher stood that was just 55½ feet from home plate. Suffice to say, it was a different game entirely.

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